Hoppy Birthday | Alpine Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company
California, United States
alpinebeerco.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Truth is, everyone has a birthday. And when you want to celebrate, this Session IPA is a gift to the senses. Made with 6 different hops, this bold brew is refreshing enough to enjoy again and again. Now, make a wish and blow out the candles. But don’t tell anyone, or your wish won’t come true.

69 IBUs

Added by HopHead84 on 05-24-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,812
Reviews:
481
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
636
Gots:
510
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 2,812 |  Reviews: 481
Photo of Seanecy
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Amber color with decent head that diminished to a thin film. The aroma is pine and pungent hops. This beer is full of that same flavor, bold hops with pine and the grapefruit. The mouthfeel is resinous and full. A great IPA, especially for a session

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Photo of ordybill
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky golden color with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is pine, citrus and malt. The flavor is world class and it is full of citrus.

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Photo of Maznoc
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of anon
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden/copper hue. Lots of carbonation on the pour. Small off-white head with decent retention, fading to a pool of foam. Lacing is minimal.

Heavy pine resin and hop oil scents. Hop overload on the tongue; again, pine resin and hop oils come through strong, just a hint of dankness and some floral, herby, fruity notes. A bit of breadiness and a light malt backbone balance out the bitterness. Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish. Almost feels like a heavier brew, not that that's a bad thing. More to enjoy without feeling the ABV.

A well done, hop-forward ale.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glinnebur
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of terpdog
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MemphisSooner
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hyptochrons
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle dated best by aug 16/16. drinking it like 4 months before the best by date, but i wonder how fresh it is!?!

clear orange gold, finger of white head with nice retention and lacing.

first thing I got on the nose upon cracking this was an overwhelming dankness, complimented by earthy notes and pine. some light citrus as well. maybe a touch of tropical .... overall smells like mosaic to me, which is a wonderful thing.

taste is pretty nice, very clean and easy drinking. strongest note for me is the pine on the finish, which is well pronounced, given that its a session ... has a nice bitter bite to it. Also getting a light citrus and malt sweetness up front. feel is appropriate for the style.

overall im pretty impressed with this beer and I think its a great session... after trying pure hoppieness and being slightly underwhelmed, i had lower expectations for this one, but its pretty damn good!!

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Photo of Irishbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lfrancisco
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden yellow with a decently rocky whit head. Smells of pine and tropical fruit. Taste is similar, along with a thinner body than expected and a bitterness that barely edges out balanced. Great "hoppy pale ale". Cheers!

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Photo of pinyin
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served 38F from the bottle into a 14 ounce goblet. No bottling date, just an enjoy by date of July 12th 2016 (F15424).

Typical west coast IPA pale ale color. Slightly copper, with a minimal amount of chill haze. Attractive in the glass and very minimalist lacing.

Nose consists of bready malts and fruity hops. Melon and mango, somewhat citrusy.

Taste is above average bitter, but balanced. Fruity and bready, with I'm going to assume citra centennial and mosaic hops. This ale is very crisp, and it finishes really well. The aftertaste is epic.

Mouthfeel on Hoppy Birthday is really nice. Smooth and clean, very drinkable ale. .Not too heavy and not watery.

Solid product overall, but at $17 for the six pack, I'll pass. Alpine just got distribution to PA, so I guess I had to try the brand out after hearing and reading good things about them, but the price point of their products is marked up 30% for some reason. I could easily purchase a fresher and very similar product from Victory or Troeg's for $12 a six pack so I won't be returning to purchase anything from the Alpine brand.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sloonis
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bobv
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, with "Best by" dating on the label.

Pours hazed lighter amber, thin off white head, leaves respectable tiny bubble film,,colar and some spoty lacing.

Pine nose flashing

Bold and flavorful, with waves of fresh tasting hops, tropical, citric, pine...a lot going on here...glad these Alpine beers are now available and distributed to my local area

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Photo of rsquared59
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cold_1
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Muss42
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EatonHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppy Birthday from Alpine Beer Company
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,812 ratings.
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